The Texan began this season at Springfield (Double-A), was sent down to Palm Beach (Single-A), but then returned to Springfield, effectively splitting the season between the two stops. His ERA at Springfield was 4.03 and overall he fanned 67 while walking just 14 in 60-2/3 innings.
Like his frequent batterymate, Gabe Johnson, Cavazos is back for second Arizona Fall League campaign in 2005. In his first 15-1/3 innings in the AFL this time around, Cavazos had held opposing hitters to a .214 batting average while fanning 15. His ERA was 3.52. However, on Tuesday, he was lit up, allowing four runs in 1-1/3 frames. That jacked up his ERA by almost two runs to 5.40.
Like Johnson, Cavazos could have become a minor league free agent after six seasons, but instead re-signed with the Cards. The organization is hoping the reliever can make the 2006 Memphis bullpen.
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